Embark on a bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez as the lawlessness of the Old West into is brought into present day. Welcome to the new Wild West.
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Mixed (642 reviews) - 51% of the 642 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 13, 2011

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About This Game

Welcome to the new Wild West.
This first-person shooter brings the lawlessness of the Old West into present day. You’ll embark on a bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez, Mexico immersing yourself in a gritty plot with interesting characters and a wide variety of game play options.
Experience the lawlessness of the modern wild west as you hunt down the Mendoza cartel in a world where the ends justify the means. Your hunt for the Cartel boss takes you on an epic road trip from a meth lab in the Sequoia national forest to the Cartel headquarters in Ciudad Juarez. With over 10 distinct environments including urban LA brothels and back streets, gritty boat docks, a swanky yacht party, the open deserts in Arizona and New Mexico, a Mexican funeral and more.

Key Features:

*NEW* CO-OPETITION GAME PLAY

Partner with 2 other teammates to achieve joint objectives, while sneaking behind their back to advance your secret personal agenda. Play the 20-mission campaign mode solo or with up to 3 friends Triple the replay value: Play the entire campaign with each of the 3 characters; each character has their own unique story and distinct ending.
FUN MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE

Play up to 6 vs 6 in Team Death Match and Cops vs Gangsters. As you play, your character will evolve, unlocking weapons and gear.
RICH STORY COMBINED WITH GAME PLAY VARIETY

Relevant character-driven story that unfolds differently depending on which character you play. Game play is driven by variety: Punitive raids, witness protection, tough interrogations, undercover missions, shootings in crowd, car chases and more Choose between 30 weapons including pistols, revolvers, sub machine guns, machine guns, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, anti air weapons and more.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Visa/7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2Ghz (Intel Core 2 Duo 3GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 3Ghz or better recommended)
    • Memory: 1GB for Windows XP, 2GB for Windows Vista/7 (2GB for Windows XP, 3GB for Windows Vista/7 recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible - Nvidia 8800GT /ATI 3850 (Nvidia GTX 260/ATI 4870 or better recommended)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8GB
    • Sound: DX 9.0c compatible
    • Multiplayer: 512kbs(broadband)
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Mephistox
7.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
This is a perfect example of a very bad first impression.

Coming directly from playing the first two games in the series, this one felt out of place and did not explain the giant leap of the old west setting to the modern-day world of the Mexican cartels. If you wait it out, the connection between them appears to be there, but it is not exactly obvious.

It started as a generic, cheesy, and unbelievable story that eventually became a somewhat tolerable and almost interesting one that will end up being forgotten when compared to other story-driven first person shooters. Gameplay mechanics are nothing new and very generic. Shoot, cover, rinse and repeat with the straight forward driving sections to mix up the gameplay a bit.

If you stick with it to the end, you can see some design choices that carried over from the others in the series, which they attempted to improve upon, but ultimately ended up with mixed results.

This game was clearly made for a co-op experience and it is strongly recommended to play it that way if at first you find it really hard to have fun.

It is not a very good game, but it is also not a completely bad one either. If you give it a chance, it can grow on you. With its equal amount of shining and eye-rolling moments, it is an underrated title.
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Fart of Presto
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
Pro:
- Campaign can be played from start to finish as 3-player co-op.

Con:
- It's probably the worst "big publisher" game, I have ever played.
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Whitepointer7
13.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
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-Axton-
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 7
Where do I begin.
How can a game this broken be sold over $4.99 anymore. It's not fully broken, but there's still enough anoyances to make it a chore to play in 2016.
I've wanted this game for a while. especially for coop, so for a couple bucks it's ok if you're ok messing with Uplay and tweaking config files. The FOV is terrible without tweaking.

One thing that's funny is how Techland used the same voice actors in this as they did in Dead Island. Not only that, but some of the same dialog: "You're not leaving here alive!" Any Dead Island fan will be able to pick them out.

Why review this old-a$$ game in 2016? It was on sale and we needed something new, knowing full well it was going to be a $hit$how. Be aware it installs Uplay but doesn't use it for matchmaking.

Checkpoints that dont' allow you to pass until you go back and clear the enemies. Falling into sandpits in the map with no way of getting out. These bugs are a joke, we are all beta testers.

Pass on this, even when your buddy says to get something cheap for the weekend. Better off going to Burger King.
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docxks
21.3 hrs
Posted: August 2
Thumbs up, because this game is underrated. it's defently the worst in the series, be sure to check out Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger, that games is freaking awesome, and the voice-actor in that one is amzing!
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CallMeSummit
54.0 hrs
Posted: July 29
gave me aids 10/10 would buy again
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Milk Jug
3.6 hrs
Posted: July 28
If this game were a bottle of Hooch, it'd be a warm pisswater pilsner...
but i still drank it. 4/10
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No Country For Caillou
5.6 hrs
Posted: July 22
damn dude. Like, you never see gems like this anymore. Good mocap and interesting take on mexicans and people from texas. "Im the one who knocks" amirite.
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Apealz Orange
1.4 hrs
Posted: July 15
I bought this game around christmas of 2015 and I was all excited to buy it and see if it was any good. Well... all I can say if please do not waste your money on this game. I thought it was going to be good because the other ones were good. They just milked this one too the max and that is the reason why it sucked. Now if you are going to get in too the Call of Juarez series I recommend buying all of them except this one. I suggest that because unless you want a disappointment instead of action packed game then stay away from this. My favorite has to be Call of Juarez blood born and I could not stop playing the game it was amazing. My next game buy on my list is call of juarez gunslinger, which looks really good so I while give that a go.
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Helter Skelter
5.4 hrs
Posted: July 10
I like this game just because it's so much hated.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
77 of 86 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
The Call of Juarez series is one I'd definitely recommend giving a go. Every game in the series is distinct and has its own identity, which is something I really appreciate. I'll avoid going into too much detail about the rest here, but they're all a good time with individual strengths and weaknesses that form a satisfying whole.

Unfortunately, the defining characteristic of game number three, The Cartel, is that it's an utter shambles. The classic Wild West setting of the previous games was ditched for a staggeringly uninspired modern-day Los Angeles/Mexico counterpart, which is exactly as appealing as it sounds (i.e. not at all). Likewise, the hole left by the entertaining and likeable cast of the first game and Bound in Blood (like legendary gunslinger Ray McCall) is filled with some of the flattest caricatures to ever spout tired one-liners. Once all the character and charm of Call of Juarez has been stripped away, what you're left with is a medicore first-person shooter that is an absolute chore in single-player and probably not much better in the new co-op mode. Solo players be warned: your AI partners are incompetent, and they will make no effort to hide it, though they will continually belittle your performance as you carry them for the game's entire duration.

Lackluster AI, boring gunplay, dull visuals and an uninteresting plot combine for eight hours of unmitigated tedium. The only saving grace is the way the game ends, which could have been a pretty cool conclusion to a much better game, but is of course held back here by being part of The Cartel. In retrospect it's good that the series had one final outing after this, though The Cartel remains a testament to how quickly good games can go bad. It's almost worth playing just for that lesson, though I'd suggest you try any of the others over this rubbish.
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129 of 167 people (77%) found this review helpful
211 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
I bought this game, it wasn't on sale, I bought my friends copies too, I have many regrets and no more friends.
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75 of 104 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
Weak link in Call of Juarez series. Why modern world? Ubisoft attempted to make this game like Call Of Duty but messed it allright. Finally understood its mistake and a miracle born; Gunslinger. Play Call of Juarez, Bound in Blood, Gunslinger and ignore this one.
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90 of 136 people (66%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2014
Let me start by saying I really do enjoy this game, it really isn't as bad as the reviews say. However, I completely and fully say do not bother with it on Steam. The uPlay is absolutely awful, and the game refuses to play on every computer I have tested it on (and I am FAR above even the recommended settings.) After attempting to start new game, the game crashes and you are taunted with a "Thank you for playing Call of Juarez: The Cartel" window from ubisoft. ♥♥♥♥ those guys, and ♥♥♥♥ this game on steam.

Oh, and ♥♥♥♥ the censorship here, you can eat a ♥♥♥♥, censorship you punk ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I have finished about 1/3 of the game. So far so good. I would love to give it thumbs up. But unfortunatelly i will have to do the opposite.

I cannot continue.
On first day everything was fine. Uplay and steam worked fine together. Accounts were conected and i have seen no problems.
Day after - Uplay doesn't allow me to log in. "Too many log-in attempts". Rubbish. If 0 is too many then f*** you ubisoft. Click on play offline - to play offline log in to your account... Argh...

UPlay is steaming piece of s***.

AVOID BUYING ANYTHING THAT REQURES DOUBLE DRM (especially if second drm is uplay).
Sadly CoJ:TC is one of those games.

:(

UPDATE!

Uplay kindly allowed me to log in after some time, and I was able to finish the game. Still cannot recommend it. On highest possible difficulty game was easy and I was still dying all the time because of technical issues (for example killed by enemy that fell below the ground xD).
Driving in this game is terrible (and they made too many parts that needs driving). Shooting is nice and story is decent (especially endings). AI is probably worst AI created ever and your companions deal almost no damage. Game was designed for co-op, but you won't find anybody to play with.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT for Achievement hunters.
Achievements are broken. Probably because of double DRM.
Haven't received Achievo for beating game on hardest difficulty.
In the middle of the story - game stopped counting towards some achievements (fe. kill 30 people in slow motion), while other were working.
Turning off steam cloud, setting uplay to offline mode, deleting all saves (in steam and uplay) and reinstalling game helped with some achievements. But not with the one for beating game in hardest difficoulty - looks like this one is impossible to get.


SUMMARY:
DON'T BUY THIS
Bloom effect will burn your eyes, technical issues will frustrate you and double DRM will do everything to not let you even launch the game.
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41 of 58 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Even though I'm giving it a thumbs up, I have mixed feelings about this game. The Cartel is the worst game in the Call of Juarez series, but it does have a few features that other games in the series (and even many co-op FPS games in general) don't have and make this game unique and somehow enjoyable to play. I would recommend this, but only when it's heavily discounted and you've got one or two friends to play in co-op with.

PROS
+ Good campaign mode with an intriguing (and underrated) storyline and characters, 4 endings and amazing soundtrack.
+ An "unusual" take on co-op approach
+ Replayable: 3 playable characters each with their own objectives, roles and dialogues (e.g. talking with different characters on the cellphone). Playing the story once with one character, in fact, may lead to plot-holes.
+ Varied levels with car chases, nightclub shooting, highways and more.

CONS
- Unfinished: the game got released when its development wasn't finished yet. It is technically horrible, with dull graphics, many bugs and audio issues. Expect frustrating moments.
- The main menu and the first levels are dull (luckily the game gets slightly better and more interesting afterwards).
- The gunplay, the driving and grenades.
- No drop-in joining (players can only join your co-op match at the start of a level).

The game as-is, is MOSTLY technically horrible, but if you can get past its technical issues and focus on everything else, you might enjoy it in co-op with one or two friends.
If only Techland had more time to develop this it could have probably been a masterpiece; co-op mode is good and unique, the story is decent and has its moments, but the rest is heavily unpolished. Dead Island, which is made by the same devs, got released in the same year.

Tip before you play: don't tell your friends what you're doing and what your character says in certain moments for the full experience!
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
An extremely mediocre offering and I write this as a RABID Call of Juarez and all things western fan. I went into this looking for even a schlocky B-movie sort of good time after purchasing it on sale and I had to muster a LOT of courage to make it through to the end. Disappointing gunplay, terrible driving segments, paper thin characters and plotting, only play it if you're desperate for a gritty crime shooter and you've literally played everything else on your backlog. A huge disappointment. The series was thankfully put back on track with Gunslinger and I expect great things from Techland regarding the future of the franchise. But this one?

Keep clear.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
This game's co-op, which was what I bought it for, was somehow more broken than I imagined. It doesn't help that this game is also just effluvial grime.

Verdict: Don't do it!
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
Call of Juarez is a western-themed FPS game series released by Ubisoft. The Cartel is the "odd one out" in this series as it is the only one taking place in a modern day setting instead of the good old Wild West. Interestingly, the concept works and it makes for a good - albeit somewhat mediocre - game that fans can feel free to pick up as it becomes, after all, an important part of the franchise.

The game is best played cooperatively. For some reason the developer decided to pick not two (remember Bound In Blood?) but 3 protagonists. When playing alone they are controlled by the A.I but they are not exactly sharpshooters; however, the upside here is that you do not need to revive any of them.

They all work for a different organisation serving their country - Ben is an LAPD cop (he wears a cowboy hat and his surname indicates he is the descendant of Ray McCall from the 1st game), Kim is from the FBI and Eddie represents the DEA. They are all after The Cartel and during gameplay each of them receives a phone call asking them to complete a secondary objective. This is pretty funny as with each player you are to pick up various things and the rest cannot know about it. If noticed, you lose the opportunity. These are all illegal activities (such as stealing money) as to a certain degree all of them are dirty.

There are some driving sequences, too. One player drives while the rest do the shooting. The mechanics are similar to the one experienced in Dead Island (another Techland game series): it is pretty easy to navigate but the camera is positioned behind the dashboard so you do not exactly have the chance to change the view. There's also levelling up that unlocks newer and more powerful weapons throughout the game but it is pretty generic. Multiplayer is also available and while it does not offer anything new it is pretty entertaining.

Like I said this is the odd one out in the series but it does not mean it is a bad game. At the time (2011) the Chrome engine already looked outdated and while there is a handful of cinematics the game's story is not exactly very original. Still, The Cartel is an entertaining game and if you liked Call of Juarez you might get fond of this, too.

Just remember: beside McCall's character and the slow-mo shootouts and the available revolvers nothing really makes you remember its predecessors. Perhaps it's best to wait for a discount so as not to be disappointed very much.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2012
bad boys, bad boys... whatcha ya gonna do? what you gonna do when they come for you?... The game was very entertaining to play, since I love "Bad Boys", old westerns, car chases with gunfire, room entry in slo-mo while you take down a bandit with a precise headshot. It's really fun to play, and it could've been better if it had no bugs.
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